February 26, 2020

Dear Stoughton Schools Community-

I am writing today in recognition of concerns expressed around recent developments about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) which originally broke out in China in December. While the risk to Stoughton remains low as of this letter, I want to assure the SPS community that we continue to take this issue and all others around the health and safety of our students, staff, and families very seriously, and that we have been and will continue to take the steps necessary to keep our students and staff safe and healthy.

Our Nurse Leader, Danielle Gallan, and Director of Facilities, Joyce Husseini, have been meeting weekly, and are in contact with local and state agencies. They continue to review new and emerging information from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control who are monitoring the situation closely and providing schools, cities and towns with important advisories. As recommended, we have been focused on the flu and other common communicable diseases using the same preventative measures we would use for COVID-19.

It is important to note that Stoughton residents are much more likely to become sick with a cold or the flu, and we are asking our community to follow these measures at school and home:

Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

Cover your coughs and sneezes

And, most importantly, ALL students and staff need to stay home if they are sick and have a fever or any flu-like symptoms.

Be aware of pertinent health information such as Nurse Gallan’s Winter Newsletter.

Know that SPS custodial staff are following regular procedures on cleaning and disinfecting our schools using approved products, especially high-touch surfaces.

As a school district, planning a response in the event of transmission of COVID-19 in our community will be done in close collaboration with the Mass DPH, the Stoughton Public Health Association, and other community agencies, with guidance from our federal and state public health partners.

Thank you for continuing to be the best part of Stoughton!

Dr. Marcus

Here is the advisory from the Mass DPH.

Here is a website from the state with up-to-date information.